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Community Comes First: Statement on COVID-19

We Work for Our Community as We Work From Home

// March 16, 2020

It’s Not Where We Work From, It’s for Whom We Work.

We’ve said it before, and we’re saying it again: Community comes first. To ensure better outcomes for our community at large during this unprecedented time, WFCO is being proactive, compassionate, and conscious in our response to COVID-19. In adherence to our core values as a unique community foundation, please see the following developments related to our business operations and grantee support as of Monday, March 16.

    • Work from home: Starting Monday, March 16 and through at least April 3, we are requiring our staff to work from home. Additionally, internal and external meetings will be postponed or rescheduled as phone calls or online videoconferencing, where possible. All in-state and out-of-state business travel has been suspended. Our staff is set up to work remotely with as little interruption as possible and are reachable through email and phone. We realize that many businesses and workers do not have this option and it is privilege for our team to be able to do so.
    • Upcoming events: All community gatherings and events hosted by WFCO through May 8 will be rescheduled for a later date, if possible. Any event already scheduled for after May 8 will remain scheduled at this point. We will continually assess the situation and review recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and make changes as necessary.
    • Grantee support: In this unprecedented environment of school and workplace closures, community needs are shifting by the hour. At this time, we can’t begin to know all of the ramifications for diverse individuals within our communities. We do know that low-income women who don’t have access to paid family leave, stable housing, health insurance, child care, and other resources are more likely to be impacted during a public health crisis. In addition, single moms and their families have tangible needs for diapers, formula, and sanitary/period products. We are offering our current grantees flexibility with the funds we provide to meet the greatest needs of their participants at this time. Similarly, we encourage our community of giving to consider donating to our direct-service grantee partners.
    • Community resources: Additionally, during uncertain times, low-income women may experience increased food instability, domestic violence, behavioral health issues, and more. Please review our list of community resources for women and share with anyone who is looking to help or who needs help.

While we anticipate that our business operations will remain functional, please allow for potential delays. If you have any questions or concerns, please email wfco@wfco.org and a staff member will reply as quickly as possible.

It’s not where we work from, it’s for whom we work.

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Lauren Y. Casteel
President & CEO

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